If you are observant, you might have noticed fewer people on the subway this morning or walking down the city streets. No, it’s not the apocalypse; it’s a typical summer Friday in New York City. Most New Yorkers look forward to this time of year—they check out of work early (or don’t come in at all).
Remember that song “Ladies’ Night” by Kool and the Gang? Well, I’ve had that number playing on a loop in my head for the past two hours. I like it, so I’m not annoyed.
In late summer 2009, I wrote a freelance article about four new hotels opening in New York City that fall. At this particular point in my career, I had covered the hotel industry for a few years, and one thing I can say with absolute certainty is hotels rarely ever open on time. So my week of touring these four spaces was spent, essentially, walking through construction sites—which isn’t that much fun in high heels.
When the first warm day hits NYC, everyone always has the same game plan: You say to yourself with absolute conviction, “I am going to spend the entire summer outside.” Your plans involve multiple trips to the park, lounging at the beach and a barbecue every weekend.